Union University
Union University School of Nursing

Post-Master's Certificate


MSN > Post-Master's Education Track

As the acuity level of the patient in the hospital continues to increase, professional nurses in leadership roles are being encouraged to establish avenues to enhance the knowledge of the nursing support staff and provide avenues of nursing care in promoting the optimum wellness of the patient For this reason, Union University offers a post-master's certificate in nursing education for professional nurses to gain the valuable knowledge of serving as an educator in a variety of settings, including staff development, patient education, and in schools and colleges.

Am I Eligible?

Admission Criteria

  • Previously earned Master of Science in Nursing degree
  • Last 60 hours GPA 3.0
  • Cumulative science GPA (Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, statistics) of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Union University School of Nursing application with $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Three letters of professional/academic reference specifying the applicants capabilities for graduate study. One letter of reference must be from the applicant's immediate supervisor.
  • Proof of unencumbered RN license
  • Case study during the interview process

Delivery of the Academic Program

Intensive online format with no on-campus sessions after orientation

2013-2014 Tuition Rates

Curriculum Model


Demonstrate Earned MSN degree or complete the following MSN courses:
NUR 515 Advanced Nursing Statistics for the Health Sciences 3
NUR 526 Theory and Ethics for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NUR 533 Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 523 Clinical Prevention and Population Health 2
NUR 545 Health Systems and Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NUR 516 Informatics and Healthcare 3
NUR 559 Role Development and Collaborative Strategies in Advanced Nursing Practice 2
Nursing Education specialty courses:
Fall I
NUR 544 Advanced Health Assessment (40 lab hours) 3
BIO 500 Advanced Pathophysiology 2
NUR 507 Curriculum Design 3
Spring I
NUR 622 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 537 Nursing Education Practicum I (60 Clinical Hours) 2
NUR 517 Educational Strategies in Advanced Practice Nursing 3
Summer I
NUR 538 Clinical Strategies for Nurse Educators (160 Clinical Hours) 3
Fall II
NUR 607 Educational Assessment and Evaluation Processes 3
NUR 642 Nursing Education Residency (160 Clinical Hours) 2
Total Credit Hours 24
Clinical Hours 380
For printable version, please print from the current Graduate Student Handbook.

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions Checklist

  1. Application: All non-traditional nursing students must complete the Union University School of Nursing's applications only. You are not required to apply to the university separately. NursingCAS AND Supplemental Application Packet (.pdf)
  2. Personal Statement: Complete the personal statement found on NursingCAS. Please provide a statement of professional goals. Topics to be included are:
    • Why you wish to become a Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, or Nurse Administrator/Leader
    • What you plan to do with this degree, including long term goals
    • How you have prepared for success in this program
  3. Application Fee: The application fee is $50 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order with your paper application. The NursingCAS application fee is $65 and is non-refundable. You have the option to pay online via the NursingCAS website.
  4. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be submitted directly through NursingCAS. Please do not send transcripts for non-traditional nursing programs to Undergraduate Admissions. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from previous academic institutions attended. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be sent to:

    NursingCAS
    P.O. Box 9201
    Watertown, MA 02471

  5. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of professional/academic reference specifying the applicant's capabilities for graduate study to include one letter of reference from the current supervisor. Letter of Recommendation forms are a part of the NuringCAS application.
  6. Provide proof of BSN degree completion, if applicable.
  7. Provide proof of current RN Licensure.
  8. Provide proof of Undergraduate Statistics.
  9. Submission of a Curriculum Vitae.
  10. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. All application documents must be received prior to the application deadlines. Incomplete applications will be considered ineligible for admission.

*Please allow 2-4 weeks after application packet has been submitted to be received in the Office of Admissions and up to 2 weeks to process application. Applicant will be notified by email when application has been processed.

*Upon acceptance into the program, the following items must be completed:

  • Current CPR Health Care Provider Certification
  • Immunization Records
  • Clear urine drug screen
  • Clear criminal background check

Disclosure Statement Regarding Gainful Employment for Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Education

On-time graduation: Our post master's certificate in Nursing Education is cohort based. There is no other option for curriculum completion. Therefore; all students will graduate at the end of the four semester program, typically in December of the year following their enrollment date.

Tuition and fees: Tuition for the post-master's certificate in Nursing Education is $495 per credit hour. The program is 27 credit hours for a total tuition cost of $13,365. Fees are approximately $200 for the program bringing the total cost of tuition and fees to approximately $13,565.

Books and supplies: The cost of books and supplies for the program is approximately $700.

Room and board: Students typically live off campus in their own homes.

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